• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 12.1oz
    Women: 10.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: Narrow, Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
  • Special editions
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84 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | La Sportiva North America | | Level 1 expert

    It's an amazing shoe.

  • 87 / 100 | Trail Hippies Hiking | Level 1 expert

    These, here, are just amazing shoes and I can't say enough good things about them. Definitely check them out.

  • 83 / 100 | Trail to Peak | | Level 4 expert

    When it comes down to it, I’m on my second pair now, so clearly the functionality vs durability trade-off is one I’m willing to make.

  • 83 / 100 | Runultra | | Level 2 expert

    For a durable, fairly grippy and very well structured shoe that offers lots of support, the La Sportiva Ultra Raptors are really good. - See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Products/Kit-review-La-Sportiva-Ultra-Raptor

  • 95 / 100 | Running Through The West | | Level 1 expert

    That first run up the canyon was fun. I got up so high that I eventually was on snow for a few miles before I turned around and headed back down.

  • 86 / 100 | La Sportiva North America | | Level 1 expert

    It'll keep up with you and withstand pretty much anything you throw at it.

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  • The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor features the Impact Brake lugged system that is specifically designed to lessen the landing impact and improved the traction for downhill and uphill runs.
  • It also comes with an enhanced outsole where the sticky rubber compound is strategically located, delivering impressive traction and grip on technical and rocky terrains.
  • This shoe also comes with a heel pocket cushioning that delivers added durability and comfortable fit for a long-lasting running performance.

The Ultra Raptor is true to its size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements, giving a snug and comfortable fit. The men’s and women’s version is available in medium and wide widths.

The Ultra Raptor from La Sportiva features the brand’s FriXion XF outsole that delivers full-length durable traction specifically designed for rocky and technical terrain. This functions with the aggressive impact lugs engineered to lessen landing impact for a more stable and responsive ride. The rock guard in the forefoot gives added foot protection from rock bruises while running on rocky terrain.

The midsole unit of the shoe uses injected molded EVA that delivers a moderate amount of cushioning. It also uses the Flex Transfer Shank that is specifically designed for torsional rigidity.

The upper of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is very breathable because of the air mesh cover that encompasses almost the entire upper. The flexible material offers a sublime fit. The lacing harness extends from the lacing eyelets to the midsole for a snug fit. In contrast, the Salomon Speedcross 5 utilizes nylon mesh in its upper.